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Check out the Stuart Sutcliffe fan club (www.stuartsutcliffefanclub.com). It’s a very nice tribute site to Stu. There is also a forum discussing the release of a recording of “Love Me Tender” sung by Stu. The website states that Stu’s sister Pauline Sutcliffe knew of a recording of Stuart singing “Love Me Tender” but thought it to be in a private collection. In 2009, the recording, made in Hamburg in 1961, was donated to the Sutcliffe Estate & they are releasing it currently. You can listen to a clip of it but whether it sounds like Stu or is Stu, is anyone’s guess. It seems that Pete Best, Klaus & Astrid don’t believe it to be Stu.
Any thoughts … I’d like to know what everyone thinks!
maybe, Ishie…but he
liked to draw…
turn his back to the audience when playing…
and ditched the northerners for the fraulein…
(he was too cool to sing)
It is documented in Mark Lewisohn’s The Complete Beatles Chronicle, tha there were two Elvis ballads “Love Me Tender” and “Loving You”—that Sutcliffe is known to have sung lead on. Stuart singing “Love Me Tender” was also included in the movie ‘Backbeat’. However, it was never known to be recorded and I think the discussion is about the authenticity of the recording.
I downloaded the song last night. It’s very cool to hear him sing lead(well..if it’s really him!)Love it!
Thank you, Ishie…
if Astrid is in doubt…so am I
It really would be great if it was Stuart on the recording …
If you have the film “Birth of The Beatles” (1979) in your collection, listen to the actor playing Stuart singing “Love Me Tender” (the voice was dubbed by a singer) in the Hamburg club scene. His rendition sounds remarkably like the voice on the supposed Stuart recording. Many people think this singer sang both versions, the one in the film and the supposed Stuart recording (probably an alternate take).
Tony Sheridan doesn’t think it is Stuart’s voice either.
I’ll bet my soiled celebrity bra collection it’s not Stu, it would have had to be recorded acapella in 1961 to be overdubbed later by a crap sounding band, or sampled keyboard parts.
Kevin & Tammy … I listened to the recording a few times and although it would be nice if it was Stu, I don’t believe it is.
I’m sure that Stuart’s sister Pauline wishes it to be him but to say that it is Stuart singing on the recording and no one else (Klaus, Astrid, Pete, Tony) thinking it was him or knowing if it was ever recorded adds to my belief that this is someone else’s voice.
Just to clarify at least one point….the Birth of the Beatles movie is no longer pertinent to this discussion. Ed Lineberry, the original “Rain” member (the band who did the songs for the movie) has gone on record and officially stated it is NOT him singing on the new Sutcliffe CD. Doesn’t prove it’s Stu…but that’s one doubting innuendo dispelled.
And Tony Sheridan did not say “he didn’t think it was Stuart’s voice”. He said he wouldn’t endorse the recording because he wasn’t sure. Pretty hard to remember what someone you worked with for a few months fifty years ago sounded like.
Please report your comments carefully…so much of what was written about Stuart for so many years was inaccurate, to say the least. He’s now being appreciated for his great talent and accomplishments. The truth about the song will come out eventually….but until then, let’s keep the discussion as clear as we can. Thanks!
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